BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced on Friday the city of Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge Parish will be designated a Purple Heart City and Parish on Aug. 10.

The Purple Heart is the oldest military decoration that is still active and was created by General George Washington as the Badge of Military Merit in 1782. The medal is awarded to Armed Forces members who are wounded or killed during the war by the enemy.

Mayor Broome encourages citizens to show their appreciation for the sacrifices of Purple Heart recipients. The mayor’s office said signs will go up at Baton Rouge gateways to commemorate the proclamation.

Mayor Broome is hosting a presentation on the third floor of City Hall in the Council Chambers at 3:30 p.m. to present an official announcement to VFW State Surgeon, Albert Cusimano, Jr. who is a Purple Heart recipient. Councilwoman Denise Amoroso will sponsor a resolution during the Metropolitan Council meeting to adopt the Purple Heart Designation, officials say.

Baton Rouge will be the fifth Purple Heart City in Louisiana, joining Ponchatoula, Bossier City, Hammond, and Benton.